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Friday, 03 December 2010 13:05

US businesses lose shedloads of laptops

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Study claims 86,000 a year

An Intel-funded study by the Ponemon Institute has concluded that 329 surveyed companies in the US reported 86,455 laptops stolen or lost over the past year.

The numbers are staggering, as the companies had a total of 3.68 million laptops, so it turns out that about 2.3 percent of them were lost or stolen over the course of a single year. What’s more, the study concluded that about 7 percent of all laptops would eventually be lost sometime during their operational lifetime. Many of the losses were deemed easily preventable, so it really all down to individual users.

The really worrying statistic is the average cost of a single lost laptop for the companies. The hardware cost makes up merely a fraction of the loss, but once you factor in lost data, intellectual property, legal expenses and worker productivity, the average cost runs up to $49,246. Hence, the 86,000 lost laptops cost the companies about $2.1 billion in a single year.

About 25 percent of laptops were lost due to theft, primarily car break-in, while another 15 were categorized as “probable theft” and the remaining 60 percent were just plain lost by their users.

With such high costs per, one would think that it would be a sensible idea to slap some stickers offering sizable rewards for people who return them.

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+3 #1 nECrO 2010-12-03 16:36
OK. I call bullshit on this $49,246. While I am sure that the total loss is a lot higher than the cost of the laptop, where in the hell did the 50K number come from? I know. It's the amount from the insurance claim forms and came straight from some bean counters arse.

What intellectual property was stored on them? The Cure for male pattern baldness???
 
 
+4 #2 JAB Creations 2010-12-03 17:43
Quoting nECrO:
where in the hell did the 50K number come from? What intellectual property was stored on them? The Cure for male pattern baldness???


It was also funded by the RIAA and every single one of those laptops had an average of 34 seconds of pirated [insert stupid pop star here] music.
 
 
+4 #3 bardenck 2010-12-03 18:32
you guys are pretty bored, did you know that the world is flat and 4 iches long, it has been proven by the ponemon institute.
 
 
-1 #4 yasin 2010-12-03 20:27
i'll have the laptops...
 
 
0 #5 romulous 2010-12-04 14:47
Some people just don't give a crap about other people's property, like for eg. the companies they work for. I think these people are hopeless.
 

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